By Michelle Lloyd, MomsCharlotte.com
Family fun the weekend of March 12-14:
“There’s a Monster in my Closet”: Fantasy and reality collide in this eclectic and fun musical. Emily’s having a sleepover with her friend when they discover there’s a monster in her closet. What they don’t know is that Murray, the closet monster, doesn’t mean any harm. He’s more scared of kids than they are of him. Find out how friendship, ingenuity and a sprinkling of magic lead to a delightful solution to Emily’s monster problem. Appropriate for ages 3 & up. 7:30 p.m. at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. $10 per person. Multiple showtimes until March 21.
North Carolina Dance Theatre Presents: Cinderella: One of NC Dance Theatre’s signature productions, this colorful and classic Cinderella features new additions, 7:30 p.m. at Knight Theatre. With costumes by world-renowned designer A. Christina Giannini and elaborate sets by the famous New York City Ballet set designer Alain Vaes, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Cinderella whisks audiences to the beautiful fairytale world. Watch with wonder and excitement as Cinderella, her Prince and a dazzling cast of characters bring this story to life. Tickets $20-$74.
Concord Mills Revved Up for Handy Manny: Concord Mills invites kids and their families to race to the mall for the Handy Manny Big Race Pit Stop 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Kids will have the opportunity to watch Manny put the pedal to the metal as they preview the Big Race! DVD before it hits stores. In addition kids will receive a checkered race flag and sticker sheet, have the chance to color activity sheets, decorate license plates and dance in Pit Stop Hokey Pokey. Plus, there will be several prize giveaways including the chance to win books and a race car.
Charlotte Goes Green Saint Patrick's Day Festival: The 14th Annual Charlotte St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place on Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte. The parade steps off at 11 a.m. at Tryon & 9th streets, and marches south to 3rd Street. There will be over 100 entries including Pipe Bands, floats, animals, beauty queens and much more. An 8-hour festival follows with a music stage, Irish crafts, food, beer, vendors & corporate sponsors.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration: Join Joseph Beth at 2 p.m. for a little Leprechaun fun. You'll hunt for gold, eat green treats, make green crafts and read the story of St Patrick's Day.
Curious George Live: This is the new can't miss live stage musical that will delight your whole family. Curious George is the inquisitive and loveable little monkey who takes everyone along on intriguing problem-solving adventures. Live on stage in his World Premiere musical tour, Curious George swings and flips his way through a fun-filled story that takes the audience from home to Rome. You and your children will laugh out loud, tap your toes, sing and dance along as you follow Curious George on his quest to win the Golden Meatball Contest. Showtimes at 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets range from $15-$55.
Treasure Island: Featuring all of Robert Louis Stevenson's unforgettable characters, Ken Ludwig's creative stage version captures the swashbuckling excitement of the classic story of Treasure Island. Trust, trickery, swordfights, betrayal and redemption abound in this spectacular adaptation of one of literature's greatest coming-of-age adventure tales. 2 p.m. at the Children’s Theatre Charlotte. Front Orchestra $24, General Section $18. Multiple showtimes until March 28.